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Government Information

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This library is a congressionally designated depository for US Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Featured Resource

Solar image taken April 28th 2015

Our current Government Information featured resource is the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which NASA launched in February 2010, is a "sun-pointing semi-automatic spacecraft," a mini space observatory that is designed to study the sun so that scientists may better understand the causes of solar variability and its effects on Earth. For educators who are teaching about the power of our solar system's only star, or for anyone interested in breaking research on the sun, this is a fascinating website.

Readers might like to start with the Mission tab, which lists information about the SDO's science, the spacecraft itself, the team that is running the project, and 1968 refereed publications. News & Resources is interesting for its Mission Blog, which offers updates on the mission as instruments are repaired, data is gathered, and conclusions are drawn. The Gallery section also offers some powerful images, animations, and videos of the sun.

Collections

Generally, to find government publications, search one or more of these:

To find older US documents published before 1976, ask for assistance as the above catalogs provide limited coverage of UNH holdings for this period.

Many recent New Hampshire government publications are found in the New Hampshire State Publications Digital Library.

Library Services

  • All members of the public may use these materials
  • Anyone with a UNH library card can borrow from the circulating collection
  • For assistance, contact Government Information staff, Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor)
  • Some of the library's data services are only available to the UNH community
  • Computer access for the public to government information and specialized resources (on Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor)):
    • Two terminals next to the Reference Desk
    • One computer in the Class of 1943 Map Room

Patents and trademarks

The UNH Law Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Most patent information is available on the open web. However, the UNH Law PTRC is open to the public during weekday hours. See their website for details.